Alla Turca from the Piano Sonata in A Major KV 331
The Walls of Yericho
Five Hungarian Dances
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Dmitri Shostakovich
Swan Lake / Waltz
Can-Can Fantasy from operetta Orpheus in the Underworld
Matej Meštrović Childs Play
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The Four Seasons
Eleven thousand kilometers travelled, almost eleven thousand tickets sold and eleven concerts – this summarizes the dynamic piano-percussion trio Meštrović & Expresto’s successful Chinese tour last year. The ensemble, established in 2009, consists of their artistic leader and founder, composer and pianist Matej Meštrović, pianist Kristina Bjelopavlović Cesar as well as percussionist and composer Borna Šercar. Their first concert was in November 2009 at the Croatian Music Festival in Vienna. This year, they are marking their 10th anniversary. The trio has given numerous concerts in Croatia and abroad, including Japan. Early in 2020, the Meštrović & Expresto CD will be released globally by Parma Recordings, label for which Matej Meštrović has already recorded two CDs: Vivaldi 4 Seasons for 3 pianos and 3 Rhapsodies for Piano and Orchestra. The ensemble’s repertoire includes Meštrović’s compositions and his arrangements of many famous works of classical music. Meštrović & Expresto is a fantastic combination of world music and classical music, and their shows offer their audiences virtuoso performance and an excellent experience of captivating energy.
Matej Meštrović is undoubtedly the most versatile artist in Croatia. He is an exclusive artist for the American Parma Recordings label. In 2018, he premiered his Danube Rhapsody for piano and orchestra in the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, thus becoming the first Croatian composer whose work was premiered in the prestigious hall. He composed the music for the Croatian EXPO pavilions: Shanghai 2010, Hannover 2000 and Lisbon 1998, for which he received the City of Zagreb Award. Matej Meštrović received the Karlovy Vary Mayor’s Special Award, as well as the Oktavijan award at the Croatian Film Days, Baldo Čupić award for the best national tourism film, and 4 Global Music Award. His CD Vivaldi 4 Seasons for 3 pianos entered Spotify’s list of 50 best classical releases. Meštrović’s CD 3 Rhapsodies for Piano and Orchestra, recorded with the Zagreb Philharmonics, was released by Parma Recordings in March this year. American critics dubbed him Croatian John Williams.
Drummer, percussionist, composer, painter, and poet Borna Šercar graduated from the Music Academy in Zagreb, where he studied under Igor Lešnik. In early 2009, he founded the Borna Šercar's Jazziana Croatica ensemble that performs his compositions inspired by Croatian classical and folk musical legacy. They have made five albums together. Borna has won numerous awards, including three Porin discography awards and the Status award for the best jazz drummer. His fruitful and versatile career includes ten years with the Croatian Radio Television Big Band, composing music for theatre, animated movies and television, as well as more than ten independent exhibitions of his paintings. He works closely with numerous Croatian orchestras and eminent Croatian and international musicians of various genres.
Kristina Bjelopavlović Cesar, a pianist of “extraordinary energy, temperament and true musical talent,” graduated from Sretna Meštrović's piano class at the age of 20 and received her master’s degree under Marina Ambokadze from the Music Academy in Zagreb. She further studied with renowned international piano teachers. She has been awarded in national and international piano competitions and has given successful solo performances and recitals with chamber ensembles. Kristina and pianist Matea Leko form a piano duo called Twenty Fingers, she collaborates with the versatile artist Zrinka Posavec and works with the swing&jazz band Tom and the Twisters. She is the musical associate and composer for the productions of the Zagreb Youth Theatre. Kristina's numerous recordings include both classical and jazz repertoire, and she is also an active teacher.
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